Curriculum Leader: Mr P. Dring
The Computing Department offers a broad, exciting and challenging curriculum that combines aspects of Computer Science, Information Technology and Digital Literacy. We want our students to be able to thrive in their future workplace by being fully equipped with computational thinking skills such as problem solving, writing / debugging code and making the most of any IT hardware / software.
Key Stage 3
Computing at Key Stage 3 offers a fast-paced tour of the three main strands of the curriculum:
Computer Science: understanding how computers work; writing and debugging code.
Information Technology: creating high quality multimedia content that can make a positive impact on the world around us.
Digital Literacy: using technology effectively in a safe and responsible way.
Each strand of the curriculum provides opportunities for team work, independence, creativity, problem solving and reflection.
Based on pupil voice feedback, we’ve adapted our curriculum to make it as accessible as possible to all students. Here’s our mentality towards teaching Computing at KS3:
|Our students enjoy creative lessons.
In Y7 students design, create and test their own game.
In Y8 students learn a variety of Photoshop skills to create their own high quality digital artwork.
|Our students enjoy a challenge.
In Y7 students learn enough about the insides of a computer to be able to explain which laptop / desktop would be better value for money for any given situation.
In Y8 students write and debug python code to create their own intelligent chatbot.
|Our students enjoy collaborative lessons.
In Y7 students work in groups to create and present findings about computer hardware.
In Y8 students sabotage their own code in order to give each other confidence debugging.
|Our students enjoy competitive lessons
We use self-marking tests to provide instant detailed feedback at the end of a topic.
In Y7 and Y8 students can take part in competitions through lunch time clubs and extra-curricular activities.
|Our students enjoy using their curiosity.
In Y7 students research aspects of cybersecurity and learn how to formally present their findings.
In Y8 students explore how Google makes so much money out of two simple algorithms.
|Our students care about the world around them.
In Y7 students produce videos/animations that promote charitable causes that they care about.
In Y8 students use their web design skills to explore the impact of fake news and discuss what positive change they can make using their digital skills.
Key Stage 4
Students choose between 2 pathways:
The Edexcel GCSE in Computer Science is included in the eBacc and has 2 written exams each worth 40% of the overall grade and a Non Examined Assessment (NEA) worth 20% of the overall grade.
For the NEA students design, create and test programs using VB.NET in Visual Studio.
The exams assess the Principles of Computer Science and the Application of Computational Thinking.
OCR Cambridge National in Creative iMedia.
This level 2 qualification is equivalent to a single GCSE and is designed to be fully vocational so students get to use their multimedia skills in a variety of real-life projects.
There is one written exam in Pre Production Techniques (worth 25%) and three extended coursework projects (Creating Digital Graphics, Storytelling with a Comic Strip and Web Design).
Key Stage 5
A level Computer Science is an ideal progression for students who have enjoyed a Computer Science GCSE at Fulford or elsewhere.
We currently offer the H046 OCR Advanced Level In Computer Science course.
Students sit internal exams at the end of Y12 for detailed feedback of their progress but in order to give maximum time to cover the depth and breadth of the curriculum in full, we do not enter students for the AS level (which does not count towards the A level).
Assessment for this course is by two written exams worth 40% of the overall qualification each. The remaining 20% of the course grade is based on a programming project. It is expected that students have strong Maths skills and a general interest in computing is recommended.
Computer suites are open throughout the school on most lunch times.
Computing support drop in sessions are offered for those studying computing at either GCSE or A Level. This is an opportunity for students to support each other, seek help or engage in group projects.
Specialist clubs also run throughout the year:
STEM Club for KS3
Indie Game Developer Club for KS4 / KS5